The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Seminar #27: Life and its close relatives

Posted in Audio / Video, Seminars by Tom Froese on October 26, 2007

The next Life and Mind seminar will take place on the 31st of Oct. in room Pev1 2A01 at 16:30.

Nathaniel Virgo and Simon McGregor will be leading a discussion on:

Life and Its Close Relatives

IT’S ALIVE!!! (Sort of.) We propose that dissipative structures and the production of entropy should be part of the A-Life research
programme, explaining why lifelike properties like self-maintenance are common in the inanimate world and deserve our attention. Examples such as hurricanes, candle flames and photocopiers are even closer to living organisms than they appear on first inspection, and they are easier to study. Inspired by the theory of autopoiesis we’ll suggest that studying these kinds of physical phenomena can give us insight into the dynamics of self-maintenance in living organisms and help us explore its relationship to cognition. We’ll display some cool simulations exploring the behaviour of some simple dissipative systems and showing just how lifelike they can be.

All welcome!


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  1. matthewegbert said, on November 1, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I have uploaded an audio recording of the talk to

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